Three-Minute Composer Biographies
Dvořák’s father played the zither in a local tavern. Sibelius was fascinated with migrating birds, as reflected in his Fifth Symphony. Bruckner spent his formative years – and then some – in a monastery in St. Florian, Austria.
Philip Glass on Piano Music, Memories and Motorcycles
On a blustery afternoon in early December, Philip Glass climbed the massive staircase that leads up to the Juilliard School lobby, and barely winded, sat down for a long conversation about this music, life and career. Our talk, which formed the basis of a cover story for the February issue of BBC Music Magazine, veered from topic to topic, and one was […]
Eric Whitacre, Inc.: The Practical Tactics of an Ethereal Composer
Eric Whitacre is nearly synonymous with American choral music, his work sung by choirs from Minnesota to Indonesia. His online “Virtual Choirs” have been a runaway smash on YouTube and he may be the only classical composer with a “merch” section on his website.